A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of large mine was discovered in Africa after independence?

2. How many years did Bessie live in South Africa?

3. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that the only education for blacks in South Africa is what?

4. In "African religions," what does African religion focus on?

5. Why did Bessie say the South African experience so difficult for her to deal with in a creative sense?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bessie's opinion of Botswana men?

2. Why does Bessie think of the American woman as some sort of goddess?

3. In "Makeba Music," how does Bessie describe the musician, Makeba?

4. What was Bessie's life like during the two years that she lived in the refugee community in northern Botswana?

5. When Bessie arrived in Botswana in 1964, what were the major differences that she noticed between that country and South Africa?

6. Why was it so difficult for Bessie to deal with South Africa creatively?

7. In "Notes on Novels," why is Bessie having difficulty writing about her years in South Africa?

8. How is Bessie's hatred of the white man lessened in Chapter 2?

9. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie think that the spirit of the Nigra Goddess has done for the blacks in America?

10. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bessie's friend, Snowball, had a difficult time living in District Six in Capetown. What was Snowball's general demeanor? Even though he was devoutly religious, what did he believe could live together in chaotic happiness? How was Snowball treated by the landlady and most of the community? Could they see beyond the fact that he had once been a professional thief and served jail time? Was this fair to him? What kind of humbling lesson did Snowball teach Bessie? What did she learn about herself and her attitude toward religion? Why did Bessie finally give up trying to protect Snowball? Do you think that Snowball left a lasting impression on Bessie?

Essay Topic 2

Bessie thinks that friendship is very important in South Africa. What kind of country is South Africa, according to her? What do you find yourself doing if you have friends? What are you left alone to face if your friends flee the country? What do friends allow you to do that Bessie feels is essential to not becoming passive? Describe the good friend that Bessie had in South Africa and what effect his fleeing the country had on her.

Essay Topic 3

After reading "A Woman Alone," what are your views on oppression? How does it begin? What is it based on? Does it spiral out of control or is it a deliberate action? How do events in South Africa since he 1990s seem compared to the hopes of the previously oppressed people?

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